392 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Prologue: 6229 Memphis Street Introduction: "The Party Line" Part I: Warming and Storming 1. Chimneys and Whirlpools 2. Of Heat Engines 3. and Computer Models 4. "Lay That Matrix Down" 5. From Hypercanes to Hurricane Andrew Part II: Boiling Over Interlude: Among the Forecasters 6. The Luck of Florida 7. Frictional Divergence 8. Meet the Press 9. "The #$%&̂ Hit the Fan" 10. Resistance 11. "Consensus" Part III: Storm World 12. Preseason Warm-Ups 13. Where Are the Storms? 14. Hurricane Climatology Conclusion: Home Again Acknowledgments Appendix I: The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale; Note on Units of Measurement Appendix II: Cyclone Typology Appendix III: Early Hurricane-Climate Speculations Appendix IV: Consensus Statements by Participants in World Meteorological Organization's 6th International Workshop on Tropical Cyclones, San Jose, Costa Rica, November 2006 Bibliography and Recommended Reading List of Interviews.
One of the leading science journalists and commentators working today, Chris Mooney delves into a red-hot debate in meteorology: whether the increasing ferocity of hurricanes is connected to global warming. In the wake of Katrina, Mooney follows the careers of leading scientists on either side of the argument through the 2006 hurricane season, tracing how the media, special interests, politics, and the weather itself have skewed and amplified what was already a fraught scientific debate. As Mooney puts it: ʺScientists, like hurricanes, do extraordinary things at high wind speeds.ʺ Mooney - a native of New Orleans - has written a fascinating and urgently compelling book that calls into question the great inconvenient truth of our day: Are we responsible for making hurricanes even bigger monsters than they already are? Also includes information on Hurricane Andres, Australia, blogs, George W. Bush, carbon dioxide, Tropical Cyclone Catarina, Hurricane Charley, Jule Gregory Charney, Judith Curry, cyclones, El Nino, Kerry Emanuel, ExxonMobil, global climate models (GCMs), Al Gore, William Gray, Greg Holland, Hurricane Ivan, Japan, Hurricane Katrina, Thomas Knutson, Chris Landsea, latent heat, theories of maximum potential intensity, maximum sustained wind speeds, National Hurricane Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), oil and gas industry, William Redfield, Herbert Riehl, Hurricane Rita, typhoons, water vapor, weather forecasting, Peter Webster, Tropical Storm Zeta, etc.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages -375) and index.